Monday, May 22, 2006

Dodd in '08?

I only just saw this. No wonder Dodd was making such an effort to reach out to Lamont supporters in his speech on Friday.

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Christopher J. Dodd said today he has "decided to do all the things that are necessary to prepare to seek the presidency in 2008."

The Connecticut Democrat will hire staff, raise money and travel around the country in the next few months as he tries to enlist support.

Like other presidential contenders, Dodd said during a lengthy interview in his Capitol Hill office that he will not formally decide until early next year whether to make his bid official. At the moment, he joins about 10 other major Democratic Party figures who are considering a run.


Source
Lightman, David. "Dodd Poised For Possible '08 Presidential Run". Hartford Courant. 5/22/06

27 comments:

BRubenstein said...

Dodd by backing Joementum so heavy cannot count on the support of progressives...on the nationwide scene he will go down in flames. Hilary Clinton,Russ Finegold,Kerry and others dwarf him.The only reason he looks like a liberal is because we have Joementum.

Genghis Conn said...

Oh great. It's his "itch" again. He needs to get some powder for that or something.

Wellstone 13 said...

BRILLIANT! Hit the road and get out of Connecticut for the next five months! Then come back to greet his new junior colleague...

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

Good luck Dodd!

I haven't been around the last few days, but I did volunteer for Joe on Friday. I can't wait for Lieberman to crush the 90 Million Dollar(+) Man in the primary.

This got personal for me on Friday when a Lamont staffer with a radio called me a "baby killer" for wearing a Lieberman t-shirt and talking to some Lamont delegates I happened to know.

Later when I helped a young Lamont staffer pick up some information he dropped the following exchange took place

$90M-Man Staffer "Thanks, I'm suprised you'd help"

Me "No worries, we are all Democrats here!"

$90M-Man Staffer "You aren't"

There was more, the Lamont campaign acted awful. Even waiving signs during the pledge of allegence and the benediction.

One even made a glibe remark within earshot of me about a Rabbi giving the opening prayer because Lieberman couldn't be there.

You may have thought this was a victory, but you still lost 2 to 1. And you should be ashmed about how some of those among you acted.

Let's go Joe!

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

One more point- Lamont is worth more than 90 Million bucks.

Did it occur to any of you true believers that he is using you to help him get his Senate trophy?

If Lamont was as Anti-War as he says he is, why give money to Lieberman in 04 (for president) and for his 06 Senate run. Has another guy running in a primary ever given money to his opponet before? (Name one)

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

Dodd should start by building his campaign in CT (like Kerry did in Mass) so he has a base of volunteers for New Hampshire and he isn't beholden to DC consultants.

Patricia Rice said...

Somebody needs to tell Mr.Lamont that the United States Senate is not for sale to the highest bidder.

Don Pesci said...

The real danger in a Dodd presidency is that Dodd may want to treat Islamic terrorists, whose brains are on fire, as he once treated communists in Latin America. And even in Latin America, private talks with newly elected dictators won’t pacify them. With whom would Dodd “re-establish alliances and regain respect” abroad? France? France is burning. Germany? Schroeder is gone. And what does Dodd propose to do about Hugo Chavez, who is Castro with money and means to spread his version of socialism throughout Latin America? Talk? Latin America is not the US Senate. Talk is cheap.

CTObserver said...

PR:

Someone should tell that to John Corzine.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Don Pesci gets it.

Somewhere Miriam Masullo (that's another story, I should have brought her out sooner than 12 days before the 1st district convention) tells me there's a photo of Dodd on a boat, fishing with Castro himself. That photo alone costs Dodd Florida and heaven only knows what else.

How many people would want a friend of Castro in the White House?

Dodd for president? Not a prayer.


-ACR

Brass Anon said...

Why so much loathing of our elected Democrats? A Dodd presidency would be great for Connecticut. He is bright, articulate, and a fighter for Democrat causes. He is exactly the kind of Democrat I'd want to see in the White House.

BTW, I don't know much about Ned Lamont. However I do know that I'm opposed to the war, which would lead me to want to vote for N.L. But after I read the hysterical rants of his lefty supporters, Joe seems like a more practical choice, notwithstanding his war stand. After all, the war is Bush-Cheney's war, not Joe's. He just got caught up with the mob. Just like Hillary, Kerry, Biden and the rest.

FrankS said...

Dodd has run this idea so many times and always backed away, it's hard to take him seriously.

dumbruss said...

Dodd as president - he may be great for Connecticut, but I don't believe he's the ideal candidate for the Democratic party. You need someone whose electable and right on the issues. Dodd has number 2 and not number 1. I personally think that Gov. Warner from VA would do an excellent job.

Lamont v. Liberman: First off, who cares how much $ Lamont has. The fact that he's successful should be a good thing. Second off, Liberman is wrong on important issues. He needs to stop defending the war and he needs to stand up to the Republicans on social issues. For example, the non-filibuster of Alito. Until he does that he should not be the Democratic party's candidate for senator. The fact that some of Lamont's supporters are/were obnoxious doesn't change the fact that Lamont would do a better job in the Senate then Lieberman.

GMR said...

Dodd is way too liberal to win the general election. Dodd is also a Senator, and Senators rarely win the general election. Governors, Veeps (and Generals) usually win. (Bush 43: Governor, Clinton: Governor, Bush 41: VP; Reagan: Governor; Carter: Governor; Ford: VP; Nixon: VP; LBJ: VP.

Senators of both parties can easily get trapped into a line such as "I voted for it before I voted against it." The Senate is about deal-making. However, this doesn't mean a Senator is out of the running: Hillary vs. McCain is a possibility.

cgg said...

mod.dem, I've heard reports of less than polite behavior on both sides. I'm not saying that one justifies the other, just that I;m skeptical that either side's supporters behaved as badly as the other said.

As for the "millionaire Senator", I knew that talking point would come sooner or later from the Lieberman camp. It's a fair question, one that I had myself weh I first heard about Lamont. I'm not thrilled with his wealth, but I'll take a rich guy who gets women's issues and healthcare over a less rich guy who doesn't.

Brass Anon, It is also the Democrat's war. It is the war of every Democrat who voted yes. They have to be held accountable. I'd vote for Kerry, Clinton, Lieberman etc. in any general election but never in a primary.

bluecoat said...

In Lieberman Says He's Ready for Democratic Primary Battle by William yardley of the NYT - a favorite of this blog - Joe says Mr. Swan said Mr. Lamont's personal net worth was between $90 million and $300 million — a point Mr. Lieberman hit upon on Monday, saying, "I think its wonderful that you've got a guy here who doesn't know whether he's worth $90 or $300 million."

Genghis Conn said...

That whole line of attack--which paints Lieberman as a regular guy--is silly. Slate shows Lieberman's net worth in 2003 was between $600K and $1.6 million.

So two rich guys: one's just richer than the other.

bluecoat said...

I have never seen Lieberman as a straight up guy.

Chris MC said...

CGG is right, the real arm twisting was not and really could not be done by political operatives and delegates and surrogates on the floor. The place where pressure was used was on key people leading up to the convention, and on the convention floor in specific instances, applied by people who have and are known to have the ability to back it up.

Some twenty-something field staffer in a T-shirt wouldn't be taken seriously if they attempted it, and I didn't see any of them from either side do it. As far as people who were delegates working on each other, that is really between them, we all set our own rules of engagement.

Queer_As_A_2_dollarbill said...

I've heard about that photo of Dodd. I've also heard about a photo of Miriam Masullo looking like she's not criminally insane. But alas, both are rumors.

truth squad said...

genghis, i agree that both are way richer than me. but you must admit that there is a large difference between a candidate from a middle class upbringing who is worth $700k plus and one who was a multi millionaire the day he was born who is now worth $90million plus. i mean, i'm pretty sure i could start a business from scratch if that scratch equaled miliions of bucks. you saying that this is two rich guys, one richer than the other is like saying that shaquile oneil and spud webb are both basketball players, one is just taller than the other. i am waiting for the days of public financing however so these money issues dont play any roles in who our public servants are.

TrueBlueCT said...

Truthy--

You bet there is a large difference between Ned and Joe when it comes to money. First, Ned isn't selling access to rich corporate folks. The number of $8400 contributions Joe has taken from out-of-state couples is disgusting. ($2100 from him for the primary, $2100 from her for the primary, $2100 from him for the general, $2100 from her for the general.)

In terms of their personal wealth, despite his family money, Ned has worked hard all his life. I respect that. What I don't respect are lobbyist wives. How much is Hadassah Lieberman getting a year to lobby on behalf of Big Pharma.

Let's have this discussion, please. In Ned we have someone going to Washington with few strings attached. Someone who could represent us, and not Big Corporate Interests. Joe, on the other hand, is a Corporate tool, voting for the Bush Energy bill, and for cloture on the Bankruptcy Bill, and who fought against Clinton's healthcare plan.

If all you've got to run on is this stupid smear, you guys are in trouble...

TrueBlueCT said...

mod.dem, pat rice, & brass anon--

You're umbrage is as false and phony as Joe Lieberman. You guys have always been in Joe Lieberman's pocket. Now the best you can do is blame your lack of principle on Lamont people? pathetic.

How about a positive argument for supporting Lieberman. Whoops. There aren't any good ones.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

True Blue-

My family has worked for EB and UTC. Joe Lieberman has put food on the table for the last 18 years. That is what you get when you have an experienced politician on the armed services committee How is that for a positive reason?

Also, how is it false to be angry about rudeness. Democrats giving up their time to support democrats shouldn't be treated like that by their fellow party memebers, primary or not.

Finally, No answer on another candidate that gave to their opponent. I guess Ned Lamont wasn't so angry about the war before he heard they were looking for a Senate candidate...

TrueBlueCT said...

Ned Lamont giving $500 to Lieberman is like me giving $1.00 to a homeless guy. Certainly within my means, and signifying very, very little.

It's not like Ned maxed out to Joe. In fact, his failure to do so says quite a lot. Joe Lieberman--not a Democrat you want to max out to, unless you are trying to buy access....

Dodd left of the leff said...

Dodd is a fighter for the Sandonistas, the Castro and Chavez, all COMMUNISTS - not DEMOCRATS - and all enemies of the US. Friends of your enemies are your enemies: DODD IS AN ENEMY IF THE US.

CTYK said...

Dodd supported the sandonista, then castro and now chavez. He's on the side of the enemies of the US. People get tried for treason for doing things like that.